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The curious creatures of Auckland burlesque – revisited

The curious creatures of Auckland burlesque: revisited 

A little while ago, Mumpty wrote some fictional stories on a few of her favourite Auckland burlesquers.  And this Friday night, she’s done a wee update.  Do enjoy …

Duchess deBerry

Galactic

Remember that saying:

Always be you …
unless you can be a fierce, intergalactic alien queen.
Then, always be a fierce, intergalactic alien queen.

No?  Seriously?  Well, it was inspired by Duchess deBerry, known simply to her nearest and dearest as The Duchess.

The Duchess had always been interested in space travel and so when her dear friend Sir Richard Branson (who rather fancied her) offered her the opportunity to accompany him on one of the first Virgin Airways trips to the moon, she jumped at the chance.  What antipodean temptress wouldn’t really?

Soon after the initial excitement had died down though,  The Duchess’s mind turned to more practical matters – what would she wear on the moon? She had no intention of wearing one of those ridiculous Michelin suits that’s for sure, but her current wardrobe didn’t inspire either.   As always though, The Duchess had a plan,  and that plan involved her illustrious pals at Asphyxia Couture and a brief to put together a little something something for her soiree on the moon.

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Image by Black Friday Photography

She rather  liked what they came up with – it was certainly a statement piece, but practical too she thought.  Her hands were free and she had plenty of things to tie moon rocks and that kind of thing onto.  Sure, she could have done with a handbag, and it might get a bit chilly, but she wasn’t going to be outside on the moon for long periods of time was she?  She assumed she’d be able to pop in and out of the space shuttle at will – I mean even though she wasn’t paying for it, this was a commercial flight, and surely Sir Richard wouldn’t allow a passenger to get cold on the moon?  That would be ridiculous.

No, this little number was perfect and The Duchess shivered with delight as she settled down happily into the seat beside Sir Richard, gratefully accepting the glass of Cristal he handed her. #suchfun

Lilly Loca: disrupted

Lilly Loca, as we know, is a time traveller.  Just last year in fact, she travelled  from 1920’s New York to 2016 in Auckland, where she spends a great deal of time pirouetting seductively on stages around that fair city wearing the showgirl’s version of an itsty-bitsy-teeny-weeny-yellow-polka-dot-bikini and a purple-hued “do” Ru Paul would be proud to own.  But that isn’t enough for Lilly’s outrageous soul, so in an age where “disruption” is a buzz word in business circles, Lilly has decided to try a bit of disruption herself, and thus Gary Krumbert has emerged onto the scene. 

When I say Gary has emerged onto the scene, I mean more that he has BURST onto the scene and not in a glamorous, overnight-sensation kind of way; but in a more clumsy, goofy kind of way.  Because that’s the kind of guy Gary is; he’s a goofy drag king, born of the always glamorous, and sometimes androgynous, Lilly Loca.  He’s been around a while, but more recently has begun to make his presence known.

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One might be forgiven for assuming Gary is the quieter side of the Loca/Krumbert duo, and indeed he does tend to fly under the radar a bit.  I think his slightly nerdy persona  engenders a level of trust in people that allows him to get under their skin without them really even knowing it.

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Image by Peter Jennings

For Gary is most certainly not the quieter side of the duo.  Recently a naive judge referred to him as the “Veteran Virgin King” – well, let me tell you, nothing could be further from the truth.  Gary, in fact, is quite inspired by that raunchy, ginger-bearded Tudor King of old, King Henry the VIIIth.  So much so, in fact, that he has a set of silk stockings and a hat set with a feather on a jaunty angle that he brings out on certain occasions, and it really does drive the ladies quite mad with lust; as you can imagine I’m sure.

So this one time, at Drag Camp, Gary did something quite naughty – even for Gary.  He TOOK Lilly Loca’s rainbow-hued “do” and used it onstage as a “costume piece” shall we say.  To make the situation much, much worse, the costume piece was a merkin (uuuuuuuggghhhhhh – I know, right!)  Lilly, as you can imagine, was LIVID when she recognised it from her front-row seat in the audience.  She leapt out of her seat, scaled the stage and advanced upon Gary with a look in her eye that inspired sheer terror in his.  Such terror, in fact, that he scuttled offstage at the speed of light with Lilly’s “do” flapping between his legs and Lilly in hot pursuit.  The audience squirmed uncomfortably as a loud slap, a shrill squeal and a muffled thump could be heard backstage.  A few more thumps and squeals occurred and a couple of audience members burst into titters of barely suppressed nervous laughter, before the EMCEE Felicity Frockaccino hastily took over and began to belt out a rather raucous version of “I will survive” in a trembling vibrato.

Broken legRumour has it Gary was EXTREMELY lucky to get away with just a broken leg and he’s currently overseas on an extended vacay while his poor, battered body recuperates.  Reliable sources say he’ll be back when the heat dies down and Lilly has calmed her farm.    #suchfun

Leda Petit: the rise and fall (and rise) of an assassin …

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Image by James Yang

When last we left Leda Petit, she was doing well as a secret assassin, making money by the bushel and lurking in bars, drinking champagne out of shoes and fraternising alluringly with her marks before she made her final, lethal move. 

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But things have gone rather downhill since then …

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Image by James Yang

Sadly, our Leda has become a little too fond of the high-rolling lifestyle she can now afford as a result of her prodigious “hit” rate.  It’s a never-ending cycle of a whiskey here, a cigar there – a line of coke up her nose; “but never before lunchtime darling – I have standards.

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Image by Peter Jennings

One particularly snipey member of the Auckland paparazzi could almost be  excused for comparing Leda’s behaviour to that of Amy Winehouse at her worst.   But really, that would be unfair – as she says, Leda has standards, and she would NEVER go on stage and deliver a less than stellar performance like Amy did on the odd occasion.

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Yes, while these days Leda is having a lot more fun than your average punter, she is also getting the job done.  I mean really, when you think about it, she’s living a glamorous Old Hollywood lifestyle that rivals that of Frank Sinatra and his cronies.  Of course, she’s doing it Her Way (do you see what I did there?) and I have it on good authority that despite the heavy nights and the early morning stumbles home to her apartment, Leda can be relied upon to be bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and ready to mingle come midnight when the “respectable” bars open and Leda’s marks await.  Why look …

LedaSee what I mean?  She really is a consummate professional, our Leda. #suchfun   

Yours in updated curious creatures …  

Mumpty

The curious creatures of Auckland burlesque

The curious creatures of Auckland burlesque …

Curious Creatures
L-R: Lilly Loca, Duchess de Berry, Leda Petit – picture taken @ Venus Starr’s Diamond Carousel

Mumpty loves a bit of fiction – she also loves a bit of burlesque.  So here’s a wee combination of these two loves – and who better on which to base some light-hearted stories, than four of Auckland’s curious creatures of burlesque: Duchess deBerry; Lilly Loca; Heidi Heart and Leda Petit.

Enjoy …

Duchess deBerry

Duchess deBerry

The Duchess was French of course.  She owned a small, 17th century chateau named La Roche-Sur-Yon, but she refused to live in it because it didn’t have a private theatre – and what use was a chateau if it didn’t have a private theatre?  Of course she could have applied to her local “consiel” for consent to add one, but that seemed tiresome, and the Duchess didn’t do tiresome.

So instead she spent her time wandering gaily around the world with just her credit card, a hat box and a battered Louis Vuitton suitcase.  She attended the opera in Versaille and the bull-running in Spain but found neither to her taste.

So she took up singing in smoky jazz lounges; the seedier the better – the money was poor,  but it was good for her soul. And anyway – she’d had the forethought a couple of years earlier to marry a very wealthy art collector.  He had lovely manners, and was therefore happy to share his fortune with his young and beautiful wife, while not requiring her to share much of anything with him.

The Duchess smiled happily as she ordered a champagne cocktail – her set had gone well and now she was back in the bar of her favourite hotel in Naples chatting to an alarmingly handsome stranger – she really did love her life these days.

Lilly Loca

Lilly Loca Prive

Lilly Loca was a time traveller.  She’d travelled from 1920’s New York – where she’d been a luminary of stage and screen, performing to packed audiences and leaving a trail of broken hearts everywhere she went – to Auckland, New Zealand, 2016.

One evening in 1924, after a lot of very expensive champagne, she’d taken a wrong turn down a long, dimly lit hallway of the New York Baltimore Hotel, and had found herself in a musty room that smelt like it had been locked for centuries.  Just as she turned to find her way out, she had spotted a glorious-looking red door with a gilt frame which practically begged her to turn the handle.  And Lilly, being both adventurous and tipsy, did exactly that.

After falling for what felt like ten minutes, she jolted to a stop and found herself in a very strange, yet familiar-feeling place.  Blue, tube-like things proclaimed her destination in twirling writing as “Privé” – it looked very much like the Baltimore’s “Kiss Bar,” but there was lots of stuff called “technology” that Lilly wasn’t used to.  Still, everyone at Privé looked and behaved in pretty much the same manner as her 20’s theatre family had, so she decided to stay.

Being an adaptable soul, Lilly soon adjusted to her new environment – she got herself an iPhone, a FitBit and even one of those new-fangled Spotify playlists where she played Bowie’s “Lazarus” on endless repeat.

She just had a niggling worry that she might have left her diary on the hotel bed in 1924, and there were things in there she’d kinda wanted to keep secret …

Heidi Heart

Heidi Heart
Photo by Bruce Jenkins

Heidi Heart had a very dark secret.  It was something she’d tried hard to resist and she’d certainly never planned to tell anyone – it was HER dark secret.  The problem had arisen when Valentine, her husband, had come home to their New York apartment early one day from an interstate trip and found her.  The look of sheer horror on his face – before he turned and headed wordlessly for the door – haunted her even now, three years later.  

Shaking, she’d packed it all away when he walked out and prepared herself for the inevitable fallout when he told their friends.  She knew her social position, if not her entire life, would be ruined – but she’d known there was that possibility right from the start – and she had been prepared to take the risk.

Valentine never told their friends – he was probably too embarrassed – and they’d never discussed it; not once.  Their marriage was now just a marriage in name though.

In her darkest, most self-destructive moments since Valentine’s discovery, she occasionally thought bitterly that it had been in the privacy of her own bedroom hadn’t it?  It hadn’t actually hurt anyone.  It wasn’t fair that he had rejected her so completely since that fateful day.  Although, in her more lucid moments, she’d had to admit to herself that it wasn’t just that one time.  She’d  done it before – why she’d even performed a seductive striptease wearing men’s clothes as part of the fantasy.  But there were worse things than that weren’t there?

Yes, Heidi – there are – but not many.  Can you guess Heidi’s secret?  Well, I’ll tell you – she’s a bloody Justin Bieber fan.

Leda Petit

Leda Petit
Image by Luke Tarvor

Leda Petit was an assassin.  Only two people in the world knew this – which, when you’re an assassin – is a very good thing.

She hadn’t meant to become an assassin, it’s just that she’d had a boyfriend once who had proved very, very hard to shake once she’d got sick of him and in the end, she’d had to just “make him disappear.” A few months after that, she got a call from a mysterious gentleman who offered her $200K to make another gentleman disappear – he’d been good for the money and Leda rather liked her new $195K Mercedes (she’d spent the rest at Louboutin) so the next time he called, she was happy to “talk turkey,” so to speak.

The lifestyle wasn’t all bad actually – she seemed to spend a lot of time in bars drinking champagne out of shoes, smoking and looking authoritative, while she kept an eye on her “mark.”  She loved the feel on her skin of the cold blade under her garter belt, and had grown fond of it’s reassuring weight.  She also rather enjoyed the seduction, particularly if her mark was good-looking, but in the end there was a job to be done, and Leda was a consummate professional in that regard.

Leda always bought herself a little something special after each hit; a big solitaire here, a Birkin handbag there – she did it out respect for her mark really.  She was nothing if not respectful, our Leda.

Yours in fictional and curious creatures …

Mumpty

2016 Vision board

My 2016 Vision Board

2016_Vision_Board

Do you have a vision board?  I LOVE mine … it’s in my dressing room and, as you do with vision boards – I love to cover it with the things that make me happy.  In fact, I’m not 100% sure it’s a vision board as such; it’s more a space that I collect things that inspire me and that I love – so I guess in one way it’s a vision board and in another, it’s a huge photo diary!  Either way, it’s great.

At the beginning of each year I take down the “old board” and add pictures and other little bits and pieces to my “new board.” As the year progresses, I add things as I go; little cards, pictures and creations from my daughter, invitations, posters/postcards of shows I’ve been to, tickets, quotes, images and photos I like … whatever catches my eye really, and whatever I want to see each morning as I get ready.

2015_Vision_Board_end_resultThe picture above shows my vision board at the end of 2015 (which seems such a long time ago already!)  (See here for pics of my 2014 Vision Board.)

Last year’s was a gorgeous vision board I thought – it started off with a shoe theme – because let’s face it, I LOVE shoes.  They’re pretty and they always fit – no matter how “gently rounded” I get!  Whilst I do get rid of most of what’s on my last year’s vision board, there are some components I especially love so I tend to reuse them – because ya’ know what?  It’s mine, and I can!  

So anyway … recently I poured myself a glass of wine and got started on updating the board.  I keep all the components of my “old vision board” in a plastic folder in the filing cabinet.

So here is my blank vision board – all ready to be filled with gorgeous new images …

MumptyStyle blank vision board

And here’s how it looks now after a lot of stapling and wine-sipping:

2016_Vision_Board

As you can see, the board is pretty full already, but I can’t wait to add the little touches and treasures as they arrive throughout the year.  I am VERY much looking forward to displaying my long-awaited signed-and-kissed Dita postcard on there too.   I’m kind of looking at a “glamour theme” – having read Dita’s new book whilst camping (or should I say “glamping”!) I would like to incorporate a wee bit more glamour in my life this year – you can never have too much glamour I always say!  And yes, that is 11 pairs of Betsey Johnson earrings – what can I say, I’m a bit obsessed!

Here’s a couple of close-ups:

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Miniature Chanel perfume bottle, bejewelled fleur de lis, Dita – and more Dita, Louis Vuitton and some hand-made (by moi!) vintage-style images framed with pewter frames.

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STUNNING shoes; real glitter on the showgirl; a pastie (!); my calendar image and some of my Betsey Johnson earrings collection!

So there you have it … Mumpty’s newly-created Vision Board for 2016.  Do you have a vision board?  I’d love to see pictures if you do – I’m always so inspired by photos of vision boards – e-mail me yours – mumpty@mumptystyle.com

Pretty, inspiring and treasured things …

Mumpty

 

 

 

Happy birthday little blog!

Happy 1st Birthday little bloggy!Birthday

Wow … so it’s been a year since I finally got my act together, stopped procrastinating and started a little blog called MumptyStyle.com.

Having MumptyStyle has bought some fabulous people and lots of new knowledge and experiences into my life and I’m very grateful for that.  Having a blog is a lot more work than I expected, but also a lot more fun!

So for this little Happy Birthday post I’ve decided to do a quick prize-giving.  A prize-giving you ask?  Yes – a prize-giving.  So, without further ado, here goes:

Most read post EVER
Goes to: A week in the life of The Danger Doll

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Most popular series
Goes to: Pinup December (followed closely by the Pinup Platoon interviews)

Person I’ve interviewed who has the most Instagram followers
Goes to: The Cherry Dollface

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Most honest and raw interview ever
Goes to: Scarring, seams & self love: the life & times of Willow Noir

Post I think is the most ridiculous but that had a lot of readers
Goes to: Fifty makeup-py-like things to do with a cotton bud

The person who put the most INCREDIBLE amount of time and effort into our interview 
Goes to: Joanne Gair

MumptyStyle Joanne Gair MAC 2
Joanne Gair – body painter to the stars

Mumpty’s favourite piece of fiction
Goes to: The story of the china doll

Interview with a super-model
Goes to: Kylie Bax

Kylie Bax MumptyStyle

Most linked-to person on my blog
Goes to: Miss Victory Violet

Photographer whose images have featured most
Goes to: David Rowe (see below – with Dirty Martini!)

Funniest burlesque performer to meet in real life
Goes to: Dirty Martini

David and Dirty
David Rowe doing who-knows-what with Dirty Martini!


Most supportive and active contributor to ideas for my blog

Goes to: Miss Monique Sweet

Person who inadvertently gave me the kick in the butt I needed to start my blog
Goes to: Kirsty Leigh of Makeup Obsessives

An interview I absolutely love
Goes to: The Grand Dame of New Zealand burlesque

MumptyStyle Miss Chevious Cinders
Blog post I’m most proud of (other than some of my interviews)
Goes to: Are apps and Photoshop ruining your self-esteem without you even knowing it?

Post that revived an old friendship
Goes to: Inspirational women: Carissa Ludlow

Person always willing to help out/feature/contribute
Goes to: Nat Hugill/Lilly Loca

Lilly Loca

Weirdest interview
Goes to: My (faux) interview with Marilyn Monroe

MumptyStyle Marilyn Monroe
First (and only!) bachelorette party I’ve reviewed
Goes to: A burlesquin’ bachelorette bash (Miss Bettsy Rose Lee)

Best photo
Goes to: Ginger Watson – because that red dress, babe and infectious smile:

Ginger Watson

Person who (I think!) reads every post:
Goes to: my Mum!  And if anyone else does, let me know – I’d be very excited!

And really I could go on and on (and so often do!) … so I will end this post by saying thank you so much to all of those who read my little MumptyStyle.

I hope you enjoy it even half as much as I do!

Marilyn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love and birthday candles  …

Mumpty

 

You really should be at BananaRama …

You really should be at BananaRama ..

BananaRama

It’s this coming Saturday night folks, and on doing my research, it appears to me that the amazing Lilly Loca has put together yet another brilliant show.  I am devastated to be missing this one as I simply can’t make it this weekend, however next time Lilly puts on a show, I’ll be there with bells (or certainly something sparkly) on!

Lilly Loca’s production company, VavaVoom Productions, is proud to be putting on BananaRama – a burlesque and comedy spectacular.  Lilly describes the show as an opportunity to “get your glad rags on and enjoy an evening of comedy, burlesque and frivolity” – why not, I say!

So let’s have a quick look at the lineup of talent then, hey …

Mark Scott – funny man and Master of Ceremonies.  His profile says he has performed “on a Carribean cruiseship, in a Canadian corporate box, an Adelaide garbage alley and oil towns through Alberta to British Columbia” – I reckon that pretty much qualifies him to put on a damm good show in lil’ ol’ Auckland!

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Fanciforia Foxglove – from Wellington.  I LOVE this woman; she is a comedic talent for sure – her special brand of burlesque and comedy “mooched” together make her a crowd favourite, and who wouldn’t love this face?  I believe show-goers will be treated to Fanci’s Lucille Ball-inspired act, of which I am pretty jealous.

Fanci Photo Safari
Image by Mark Waters

Lilly Loca – putting the Va-Va-VOOM into Vaudeville!  Lilly really needs no introduction – suffice to say she’ll knock your socks off with her saucy, sexy sassiness!

Lilly
Image by Picaresque Photography

Logan Kitney – a standup comedian who does tricks?  He sounds bloody fabulous to me!

Logan Kitney
Dave Danger (Comedian) – I suspect this image may just say it all!

Dave Danger
Dixie Caramel – firstly, can I say – what a great stage name. Secondly, Dixie is an excellent performer – I saw her perform at this year’s Very Vintage Day Out, and very entertaining she was.  Dixie is warming up for her performance at the New Zealand Burlesque Festival in October, and I’m sure she’s got something sweet cooking for BananaRama …

Dixie

Patty Haag – Patty is apparently “the daughter of a Catholic school girl and a Satanist salesman” so grew up not really knowing who she was.  She says she “ate her way through high school and failed her way through beautician training.”  Her aspiration at the moment is to piggy back off Lilly Loca’s fame so she’s joined Lilly’s troupe of talented performers in an effort to do so!  Lilly says she’s been trying to get rid of her ever since – she sounds PERFECT to me!

Patty Haag
Image by LowePhoto

The ZacAttack Band is a three piece live jazz band – how fabulous – I do love a good jazz band!  The band features Matt on bass guitar, Daniel on drums and Zac on keys. These three have been playing together regularly this year as part of the musical theatre open mic night, New York Nights.

Lilly’s Bambina Burlesque Academy showgirls are performing too; they’re Auckland’s newest shimmy shakin’ burlesque troupe!  The troupe includes Madam Mutiny, Dusty Ashs, Ms Ruby Rebel and VolaTile and Tia Misu.  Now I’ve seen Madam Mutiny, Ms Ruby Rebel and VolaTile perform and they were awesome (see my review of their performances at Glamilton’s Grand Tease heats here) – the audience is definitely going to love these ladies!

Bananarama

VIP tickets are long gone and actually, I think you’d better get in prettttty quickly in order to get your GA tickets too as there are very few left.

To get your tickets, call the Uxbridge Centre on 09-535 6467. Let’s make sure Lilly Loca gets a SOLD OUT show!

Bananas and Ramas …

Mumpty

Mother’s Day for Pinups

Mother’s Day for Pinups …

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Pinup Mum Nat Hugill:Lilly Loca – image by studio81 Photography

Nawwww … it’s that time of the year coming up soon – this coming Sunday in fact – where we celebrate our Mums.  Those gorgeous Mums whose job it is to love us unconditionally and to be there for us in our good times and our not-so-good times!  Whatever you’re planning to do for your Mum this Mother’s Day … make it extra-special by adding a big fat THANK YOU and an I LOVE YOU as well!

By the way – isn’t that photo up there ^^ stunning?  That is the impossibly glamorous pinup mum, Nat Hugill – aka Lilly Loca.  When I asked Nat what her idea of a great Mother’s Day was, she responded that all she wants for Mother’s Day is a day with her family.  She doesn’t really believe in gifts and she and her hubby find material things aren’t necessary for happiness.  And now I feel bad because I totally agree!!

But still … I am going to press on with my list of present ideas because while Nat is right, I do quite like presents, mmm-k? Heheeeeeee!  So here are some Mother’s Day ideas for pinups that I personally would like to receive …

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 Something foxy from Erstwilder … and he may as well be floral like this, because why not?  And if you’re not “feeling” the foxy vibe for your Mum, what about this gorgeous little “Spiffy” dog – everyone needs a spotty dog brooch right?  You can get these from Rita Sue but I would hurry because I imagine they’re selling pretty fast!

LUSH Mother Superior

A Mother Superior Bubble Bar from Lush!  How cute is this – and let’s face it, Mums can be pretty superior at times!  This one will help deliver her from uncleanliness (!) and leave her skin feeling soft and smelling of cherry blossoms.  Click here to see all of Lush’s Mother’s Day offerings.  I do so love Lush.

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A new frock … every Mum likes a new frock if you ask me. The new Mary Blair collection from Pinup Girl Clothing is FABULOUS … and in fact, this very frock is what Mumpty is getting for Mother’s Day!

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Teer Wayde – http://www.curvestokill.com

And while we’re on the subject of clothing … I think most Pinup Mums would love one of these Dita cardigans from Wheels & Dollbaby – shown here on Teer Wayde who rocks it most admirably!  And it MAY be coming in the colour below – I most certainly hope it does as I am quite partial to that green, and I don’t (yet) have a Dita cardy.

Dita Cardy Green
Ooooh … let’s hope this IS the colour that’s coming out!
Phoenix Custom Blend
Custom blended foundation by Phoenix Cosmetics

 How about a custom-blended foundation from Phoenix Cosmetics?  Perfectly matched to your skin tone and packaged for you instore – how cool is that?  It comes in both matt and dewy finish options – and while you’re there, maybe check out the luxury lipstick in Some Like It Hot – because, perfect red.

Phoenix Some Like It Hot
Some Like It Hot lipstick by Phoenix Cosmetics

By the way, the spectacular Heidi Heart is a Pink Lady at Phoenix Cosmetics, Wellington, so the colour she’s wearing in the pic below is most likely Some Like It Hot.  If it makes you look like Heidi, you can’t go wrong, right?!

Heidi Heart
Heidi Heart – image by norrie montgomery at The Very Vintage Day out Photo Safari.
Babu Blankets
Isaac cable merino rugs by Babu.

♥ Another option is one of these super-cuddly soft merino Isaac cable blankets by Babu to snuggle up in while she’s watching TV.  I couldn’t choose between the colours so I’ve put all three.  Maybe she needs all three?  Anyway, you can get these at www.collected.co.nz

 And last but not least, while I was snuggling up in my merino blanket, I’d quite like to be wearing these … especially if it made me look like this when I hop out of bed!  These are by Lovable and you can get them here on the Bendon site.

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Lovable Lea Long PJ set by Bendon

 OK … it wasn’t quite last but not least – because this one simply has to be snuck on to the list – just in case someone won Lotto this weekend and has a considerably larger budget for Mother’s Day than usual …

Sothebys diamond

Bit hard to source though!

So there you have it … some ideas for your Pinup Mum.  And actually, even if she’s not a pinup, she’s still very likely to love these suggestions.  (If I say so myself!)

Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful Mums …

MumptyStyle Sequin Heart

Mumpty

 

 

 

Burlesque 101 with Lilly Loca

Burlesque 101 with Lilly Loca …

MumptyStyle Lilly Loca March
Image by Picaresque Photography

Pssssssttttttt … you wanna know about a fantastic, FREE opportunity to learn some classic Burly-Q moves and some smokin’ bumps and grinds?

Check out the free Bump ‘n’ Grind Workshop at The Very Vintage Day Out, run by the spectacular Lilly Loca!

The class runs for an hour of Burly-q goodness, from 10.00am to 11.00am and is part of the vintage and retro celebration weekend, aka The Very Vintage Day Out.  You don’t need any experience, but you do need to be 18 years of age.

You’ll need to arrive promptly as this will be a suuuuper-popular class and numbers are limited – there’s only so much bumping’ and grindin’ and shimmying and shaking one workshop can handle!

Lilly Loca is the Head Mistress at Bambina Burlesque Academy in Auckland and is a master of teaching the art of the tease, acting, deportment and dance to anyone and everyone who is keen to learn.

Make sure you’re there on time – there’ll be a whole lotta laughs, fun and loads of razzle dazzle to boot!  Contact details below:

Bambina Burlesque Academy

Bambina Burlesque Academy website – click here.
Facebook page – click here.
Facebook group – click here.

Yours in shimmies and shakes …

Mumpty

 

 

Valentine’s Day for the new mum …

Valentine’s Day for the new mum …

MumptyStyle Nat
Lilly Loca and her gorgeous little girl, Ari.

Following on from yesterday’s post about Valetine’s Day for Pinups (read it here) I have since spoken to the fabulous Lilly Loca (she of the endlessly long legs!) and she has given me the following ideas for Valentine’s Day for new mums, which I thought were too good not to share!

Lilly wrote:  “Ok, as a mother of an infant, I want every once in a while to really feel feminine and beautiful (rather than looking like I’ve been dragged through a bush backwards with a coffee in hand 90% of the time!) I also love to be taken out somewhere special. So here’s my list of what I think would be the perfect Valentine’s Day gifts for a pinup mum” …

A spa experience – even if it’s just a massage, give the special person in your life a bit of time to indulge themselves – when you’re a mum, you tend to put everyone else before yourself.

Go out and buy her a pretty dress – together.  Yes, even if you HATE clothes shopping, this will show your true dedication to her by going through with it!  Say you’d like to buy her a beautiful dress for her to wear when you take her out for dinner.  Because you were there when the dress was chosen, it will mean so much more, plus it will make her feel like a million dollars.

MumptyStyle Lilly Loca
Does this look to you like a woman who has been dragged through a bush backwards? Hell no – that’s what I thought!

 Dinner for two – get someone to babysit and you two go and have a delicious dinner together.  Maybe get in touch with her bestie to ask for advice if you’re unsure of a place to dine, but choose a restaurant that you know both of you will enjoy.  Sorry, McDonald’s ain’t gonna cut it this time!

Ignore all of the above – get someone to babysit the kids away from home (hello Grandma and Grandpa!!) and spend some intimate time alone, just you two, kid-free.  Enjoy a nice movie, bubbles, take-out and a bit of “action” – hey, what better way to show your affection for each other than through some love-making?!

So there you have it … if you are a lucky gentleman who is attached to a new mum, you have NO EXCUSE not to make her feel like an absolute princess now!

Thank you Lilly Loca – I’m sure you will have helped a lot of new mums have a Very Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love …

Mumpty

 

2015 Vision board

My 2015 Vision Board

MumptyStyle 2015 Vision Board

Do you have a vision board?  I LOVE mine … it’s in my dressing room and, as you do with vision boards – I love to cover it with the things that make me happy.

At the beginning of each year I take down the “old board” and add pictures and other little bits and pieces for a “new board.” As the year progresses, I add things to it as I go – things like little cards, pictures and creations from my daughter, invitations, posters/postcards of shows I’ve been to, tickets, quotes, images and photos I like … whatever catches my eye really, and whatever I want to see each morning as I get ready.

MumptyStyle 2014 VisionThe picture above shows my vision board from 2014 (seems so long ago now doesn’t it?!) – I wanted to include this pic so you can see what I started with in my “annual update my vision board process.”) I loved this one … it was quite burlesque-inspired with its feather boa along the top, pictures of Dita, a set of pasties and show memorabilia.  There were also cards and drawings from my daughter and some photos.  Some of it I loved so much I decided to reuse it on my 2015 vision board, because ya’ know what?  It’s mine, and I can!  Hahaa!

So anyway … last night I poured myself a glass of wine and got started on updating the board.  The things that I did take off are gong to be re-used on my new TiLT folder because the current one is full and I need a new one.  If you don’t know what a TiLT is, and you want to, you can read about it here!

So here is my blank vision board – all ready to be filled with gorgeous new images …

MumptyStyle blank vision boardYou can just see along the bottom a sneaky-peek of my Betsey Johnson earrings collection – I LOVE my Betsey Johnson earrings!

So … as a base I decided to use the poster of my Miss March picture in the 2015 Classic Museum Pinup Calendar (read about it here) and the poster of Lilly Loca that I won in an Instagram competition (**waves frantically at Nat Hugill!**)  I then proceeded to add my favourite shoe pictures from my 2014 shoe calendar (oh how well my mother knows me!) and then liberally cover those shoe pictures with additional shoe pictures – can you sense a theme here?!

Once I’d stuck all the shoe pictures on, I added the images and little things from my 2014 board that I wanted to carry over and voila!  Here is the starting point for Mumpty’s 2015 Vision Board.  I can’t wait to add the little touches as they come up through the year –  if you’d like to send me your performer postcards, I’d love to put them up on my board!

MumptyStyle 2015 Vision Board

And a close-up …

closeupAnd one more, because there are SO many pretty shoes and other images!  And yes, Bettie Rage, Miss Monique Sweet and Miss La Vida … that IS you on there!  (**winks**)

MumptyStyle 2015 Closeup2So there you have it … Mumpty’s newly-created Vision Board!  Do you have a vision board?  I’d love to see pictures if you do – I’m always so inspired by photos of vision boards – e-mail me yours (you’ll find my contact details here.)

Love …

Mumpty

 

 

 

Pinup December: Lilly Loca

Pinup December – Lilly Loca 

MumptyStyle Lilly Loca
Image by Rachael Sherlock Photography. Makeup by Black Diamond Makeup. Fans by Flo Foxworthy.

OMG – this, ladies and gentlemen, is Lilly Loca.  Is she, or is she not, the Yummiest Mummy you’ve ever seen??!!!!  Lilly is a showgirl and producer extraordinaire and I’m thrilled to have her beautiful image on Pinup December.

What Lilly is most proud of this year (in her own words) …
“The thing I’m most proud of this year would have to be becoming a mum. My husband and I have been married seven years and he’s wanted kids for a while, but because of my career (being a performer means my body is one of my main tools!) I wasn’t keen to have them too early.  

Then suddenly, just before my big show ‘Voix de Ville’, a switch suddenly flicked and the maternal instinct took over.  We found out I was pregnant early January, and after a wonderful (but LONG!) pregnancy, I gave birth to our little girl, Aria Isobelle, on September 23rd at National Woman’s.

Words cannot describe the overwhelming and incredible love that a mother feels for a child.  I love her so much. She’s ten weeks old now and I have no idea where time has gone!”

Lilly’s charity of choice … is SPCA.

Join Lilly Loca on Facebook: click here.
Follow her on Instagram: lillylocanathugill
Join her Bambina Burlesque Academy page: click here.
Visit her website: click here.

AND DON’T FORGET
… you can get 15% off your purchase at Flo Foxworthy Costumier from now until the end of the year – just enter the code mumpty at checkout. 

Love …

Mumpty